The disciples on the road to Emmaus hear the Scriptures interpreted in a way that had never occurred to them before. It causes their hearts to burn within them; it is what they have been waiting to hear all their lives. It moves them to beg the Stranger, “Stay with us.” Our hearts burn as we hear Peter interpret Psalm 15… it is as if the words that speak of Christ’s Resurrection – “You have made known the way of life to me, you will fill me with gladness through your presence” – have totally revived Peter’s own life. The Word, the Eucharist, the companionship of other followers are what makes us realise how truly we have been ransomed from all futile thoughts and deeds.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.2nd Reading:
1 Peter 1:17-21Gospel:
“Mercy consists in bringing a thing out of nonbeing into being” (St Thomas Aquinas). We see this transpire in the life of the early Church. The believers “remained faithful to the teaching of the Apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers”. They were filled with awe; they were witnesses of wonderous signs; they lived for the good of the other; they were selfless, generous and filled with joy. God, “in his great mercy” gave them – and us – “a new birth” to a living hope through the Resurrection. That is what the apostle Thomas is looking for in the Lord’s open side.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love is everlasting.2nd Reading:
1 Peter 1:3-9Gospel: